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Full text of "Mathura A District Memoir"

148                                                    THE SATI BBEJ.
The Nimbaraks have also  a temple at Brindaban, dedicated to Rasak
Biharij and some account of their tenets will be given in connection with that
town.   Their distinguishing sectarial mark consists of two white perpendicular
streaks on the forehead with a black spot in the centre.    The natural parents of
their founder are said to have been named Aruna Eishi and Jayanti.
The Tindnk Ghat, according to the MaMimya, is so_ called after a barber
•who lived at Kainpllya, the capital of Panchala? in the reign of King Devadatta.
After losing all his family, he came to live at Mathura and there practised such
rigorous austerities and bathed so constantly in the sanctifying stream of the
Jarauna, that afte1* death he took birth once more as a high-caste Brahman*
The legend of the Asikunda Ghat is told on this wise: ~A pious king, by
name Sumati, had started on a pilgrimage, but died before he was able to com-
plete it» His son? Yirnati, on succeeding to the throne, was visited by the sage
Narad, who, at the time of taking his departure, uttered this oracular sentence :
* A pious son settles his father's debts.' After consulting with his ministers,
the prince concluded that the debt was a debt of vengeance, which he was
bound to exact from the places of pilgrimages, which had tempted his father to
undertake the fatal journey. Accordingly, having ascertained that every holy
place paid an annual visit in the season of the rains to the city of Mathura, he
assembled an army and marched thither with full intent to destroy them alL
They fled in terror to Kalpa-grama to implore the aid of Vishnu, who at last
yielded to their entreaties, and assuming the form of a boar joined in combat
with King Vimati on the bank of the Jamuna and slew him. In the fray, the
point of the divine sword, 'asij snapped off and fell to the ground ; whence the
ghat to this day is called Asi-kunda Ghat, and the plain adjoining it Yaraha
Kshetra, or (the field of the boar.'
Before finally leaving the river-side, one other building claims a few words
m&j * the Sati Burj.* This is a slender quadrangular tower of red sand-stone
commemorating the self-sacrifice of some faithful wife. According to the be«t
authenticated tradition, she is said to have been the queen of Baja Bihar Hal
of Jaypnr and the mother of the famous Raja Bhagavan Das, by whom the
monument was erected in the year 1570 A.B. It has, as it now stands a total
height of 55 feet and is in four stories: the lowest forms a solid basement • the
second and third are lighted by sqnare windows and are supplied with an inter-
nal staircase. The" exterior is ornamented with rude bas-reliefs of elephants
and other devices, but is in a very ruinous condition. The tower was originally